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Mission-Shaped or Paul-Shaped? Apostolic Challenges to the Mission-Shaped Church

King, Fergus J. (2011) Mission-Shaped or Paul-Shaped? Apostolic Challenges to the Mission-Shaped Church. Journal of Anglican Studies, 9 (2). pp. 223-246. ISSN 1740-3553

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John M. Hull has raised a number of criticisms about the understanding of worship found in Mission-Shaped Church: Church Planting and Fresh Expressions of Church in a Changing Context. In this article, some of these criticisms are explored further. Analysis of Paul’s proposed reforms to the Lord’s Supper in Corinth show that worship must address social concerns and not focus exclusively on a God-ward aspect. Paul does this by describing the Lord’s Supper as a paradigm for behaviour and world-view using the Greek symposium tradition. Paul’s response to the Corinthian situation raises questions about the suitability of the Homogeneous Unit Principle and its role in mission,as do aspects of the controversy with Peter documented in Galatians 2. His wider exploration of the sacramental dimension of ritual meals (1 Cor. 10–11) further shows that worship cannot be divorced from ethics and behaviour if it is to be truly effective and based on Pauline principles.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Mission-Shaped Church, Paul, sacraments,Homogeneous Unit Principle, symposium tradition, worship
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 04:01
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 04:02
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2048

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